In our material validation, we perform tests at every stage of the process:
• Raw Material Purchases and Preparation
• In-Process Production
• Final Lot Certification
The properties we test for are:
• Melt Flow
• Izod/Impact Value
• Surface Quality
The resulting quality check values are kept for our historical review to see where we can improve. For a complete list of the tests we perform on-site, please visit the Lab Capabilities & Testing page.
The lab and manufacturing team leaders meet every week for "Continuous Improvement Meetings" to analyze the prior week's runs in order to discover what worked and what did not, to identify problems and to solve them. This continuous improvement allows us to reduce downtime and increase quality and productivity.
Though some say Star does
"too much testing,"
we believe it is the foundation for our past success and indicative of our future growth.